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Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Does The Apple Mac Need Antivirus Protection?

The short answer is possibly. For many years the Mac has survived the constant barrage of PC viruses and worms. However, as the platform grows in popularity, spreading outside of creative circles into most people's lives and work, it becomes a target for virus writers.
OS X is still a much more secure and solid operation system than its competitors, which needs user verification before it installs anything. Common sense will prevail; don't open or install anything that you weren't waiting for or that looks either too good to be true, or dodgy!
In all my years of computing, I have only heard of a small handful of malicious codes in the wild (virus, worms etc), but my strategy, as well as Apple's, is better safe than sorry. Apple themselves recommend Intego, McAfee and Symantec. Read this article for more details.

Addendum 1: Apple have since removed the article saying that it was old and inaccurate.

Addendum 2: Here's an interesting article on this subject at TidBITS.


  1. The other thing to keep in mind (I'm a Sys admin by day) is that if you have users come onto your network with a Mac, it may have managed to take on board some pc flavoured virii that jump off onto your windows network - never fun! (Mind, I've only ever seen it happen once)

  2. Good point! Never thought of that; in that light, its the responsible thing to do as a Mac user. As you say though, thankfully its a rare occurrence, but there's nothing wrong with taking precautions!